WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a closed-door meeting, House Republicans have nominated Minnesota's Tom Emmer for the position of Speaker of the House. This decision has drawn criticism from various quarters, including former President Donald Trump.
Emmer, currently serving as the Majority Whip, emerged as the party's latest nominee after a series of votes. While he secured a majority in the GOP conference, it remains uncertain whether he can garner the 217 votes required on the House floor to clinch the speakership.
“Tom Emmer has been chosen as our nominee for Speaker of the House after a thorough and democratic process within our conference,” said a senior Republican official, speaking on condition of anonymity.
However, this nomination has not been universally welcomed within the party. Former President Trump was quick to voice his discontent, labeling Emmer as a 'globalist RINO' (Republican in Name Only) and warning the party that electing him would be a 'tragic mistake.'
"Electing Tom Emmer as House speaker would unravel the values that our party stands for," Trump said in a statement. "He is a globalist RINO and his leadership would be a tragic mistake for the Republican Party."
The selection of Emmer marks a new phase in the high-stakes race for the House Speaker position. His nomination comes after two previous attempts to elect a speaker ended without a clear winner. With substantial opposition reportedly brewing against Emmer's bid, the journey to the gavel is set to be a tumultuous one.
As the Republican party grapples with this internal strife, all eyes are now on the upcoming House vote that will decide if Emmer becomes the next Speaker of the House.